Christ Church Sandown
Thank you for visiting this website. We would be so glad to extend a warm welcome to you at any church service or event as soon as we can!
As a result of the announcement made on Saturday 31 October of a second English lockdown no further physical services or other meetings will be taking place in the church building for the time being. The church will be re-opening again for worship on Sunday 6 December. As previously, restrictions continue to apply which are set out on the separate Covid-19 page which can be accessed by clicking here.
In the meantime, it is our intention to continue to support everyone through maintaining our on-line services and virtual meet-ups so do please keep in touch.
Our new Winter Worship at Home series is here and available on the church's YouTube channel (please subscribe to it). A link to this week's video is shown below:
We would like to record a number of people sharing a 1 minute memory, thought about, joke etc. related to Christmas to be a part of a very special video based Advent Calendar. To know more and to participate please contact Rachel Forrest who can be emailed by clicking here. We need entries ASAP.
We would like to support the project to fill hampers this Christmas as part of their Love not Loneliness campaign. Gillian Kerr, who works at the hospice, is organising this on behalf of the church. Please see the separate page which details the project and how you can help. Click here for the link. Time is of the essence as contributions need to be in by 3 December.
In view of the restrictions under which the group would need to operate, we are not able to currently provide the meeting together facilities previously enjoyed. Reluctantly, therefore, a decision has been made to relaunch the group as soon as the things get back to normal which we are hoping is by the spring of next year.
If you find yourself isolated and in need please call or text Mark on 07873 406558. We have people who can help and are very happy to chat on the phone if you should be worried. In any event do spend time calling people you know. We might all be socially isolating but we can still keep in touch.
The church building remains generally inaccessible even for personal prayer due to the hygiene arrangements required following its use. Saturday morning prayer in church is also currently suspended but we are continuing to pray via Zoom at 8.30am on Saturday mornings (get your name on Mark's email list for notification as to how you can join the sessions which last for half an hour - the link is in under the heading below). We note that of course the church building is not the only place we can pray. Can we encourage everyone to pray at home and may be even pray over the phone/FaceTime/WhatsApp/Skype/Messenger/Zoom with someone else! “Be joyful always, pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
Worship, messages and news
Weekly Worship at Home services are being recorded and are available on the church's YouTube Channel and/or the church's Facebook page. A search on Christ Church Sandown will locate both these sources. The Worship at home service is uploaded and available from 6pm each Saturday for you to use at the time of your choice on Sundays. The worship at home service includes a message, worship songs recorded by members of our worship group together with prayers and often interviews and/or special items. A mid-week message is also being recorded on the church's Facebook page and is published on Wednesdays.
We have a church email list which is used to alert everyone to the publication of videos and the latest news generally. If you would like to be kept in contact in this way please ask to be put on our mail list which Mark Williams is maintaining (click here to contact Mark for this purpose).
Apart from the church's own services, we would commend the local Facebook live service of St Paul's Barton at 10am on Sundays.
As we are not able to have activities for children during our services in church, here are some activities families might like to look at together at home. If you do take part, we would love to see photos of your creations on our Facebook page.
The church home groups are not currently physically meeting. However, various regular link-ups are taking place using mainly Messenger, Facetime, Google meet and Zoom. If you would like to try and join in one of the discussions which are substantially informal catch-up conversations please email Paul Corbett (click here to contact Paul for this purpose). We cannot guarantee to link you up but we will try.